Don’t you love getting all shaken up? There is a discrete power behind the proverbial smack on the head that says, “What in the hell?”
About a week ago, I received one of those beautiful world-movers in the form of a simple question: “Marcella, just how far are you thinking of taking this fitness thing?”
I like being an athlete. Sunblock, sweat, pushing harder than you thought possible, running 5k or even 10k faster than ever before, or watching my tennis serve go in harder than last week. I’m no Jordan, but I’m damn proud of my two baskets from half-court.
To tell you the truth, though, I dislike competition and beating others. For me, that’s just not the point. I’ll play tennis, but I don’t like to keep score. I’ll run a 5k, but I’m not out to beat you. I’ll happily do some P90X with you, but I’m not out to outperform anyone else.
Although my closest advisors would starkly disagree with me, I also take this set of thinking to my business practice. I love to work with big companies and usually default to “Yes!” when I’m asked to provide them a service, but I’m inherently there to help the clients I believe in, not to make the biggest buck I can. (Future kids, please accept my apologies. No Christmas gifts for you.)
Simply put, instead of competing with others, isn’t the goal to better yourself?
After a few days of dwelling on just how much further I’ll take this “fitness thing”, I came up with a simple enough answer. I’ll continue pushing hard and getting better results — but not to be fit. Fitness isn’t exactly the end-goal I’m looking for. What I truly want is wellness, and wellness i an on-going process.
It isn’t fitness. It’s wellness that is my thing.